The 75th anniversary celebrations on March 18th, 2017 for the former World War Two RAAF No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot at Lake Boga, Victoria (the base was active from 1942-1947) continued in the afternoon with the aerobatic performers and warbirds (see my previous post) being joined by modern military aircraft with the RAAF Roulettes display team flying the Pilatus PC-9/A from RAAF East Sale putting on a great “high show” and an RAAF Lockheed AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from RAAF Edinburgh in South Australia snuck up behind the crowd for a fast and low flypast. The sneaky Orion gave people quite a surprise (luckily I was listening out for it and turned around quickly enough to get a photo as it did one pass and was gone)!
Celebrating 75 Years – Flying Displays
The air displays were accompanied by flying boat and car club static displays (I missed the cars as they were down the other end of the lake from where I was) and entertainment from the Pacific Belles. Formal ceremonies included presentations from local politicians, RAAF Air Marshall Davies – Chief of Air Force (a local Kerang boy) and a World War Two Lake Boga veteran.
Given Lake Boga was the key reason for the 75th anniversary celebrations it made sense for their to be some action on the water too. Speed boat and water skiing displays were conducted during the morning and afternoon, including the unique Air Chair which the skiers put through some pretty impressive aerobatics of their own. A bonus was the Wolf Pitts Pro vs speedboat race! All in all a good days entertainment in perfect weather.